This book is about Ginny who's Aunt peg has died. Aunt Peg wanted Ginny to have a Adventure so she mailed her a package cantaing 13 little blue envelopes. The insurntecs say she has to read one at a time and complete the task -in tne letter- before opening the next. So, Ginny is of to Europe. This trip changes her life forever. You should defintely read this book!
This book starts out with a letter to 17 year old Ginny from her wild carefree aunt. Her aunt does what she wants to do and is quite the free spirit. The note has $1000 to buy a plane ticket for an impulsive journey to London. The aunt says she will supply everything she needs, but Ginny is only to bring what she can fit into a backpack, no guidebooks or aids, no extra money and no electronics - cell phones, laptops, etc. Who wouldn't jump on an opportunity like that! The letter tells her to go get a package from a favorite deli. She gets the package and inside are blue envelopes labeled 2-13, she is to open them one at a time in order and not open the following one until she's completed the "mission" in each letter. The thing is, Ginny's aunt has been dead for 3 months and the letters come as a surprise to Ginny. Ginny is a solid, shy good girl and she is a bit anxious about this trip but she goes. She is immediately out of her comfort zone as she goes from one place to another as per the envelopes, meeting very interesting people she wouldn't have normally met. You soon figure out that it's not so much the letters and tasks, it's about the adventure and you get excited to see what is in the next envelope. Ginny is not just on an adventure she is experiencing life , new places, and finding herself doing things she would not normally do. With the help of the friends she meets along the way, she stumbles along from one place to another, learning more about her aunt and herself with every letter she opens. There are many likeable and relatable characters in this book, many life lessons she learns, and a little love along the way. There is quite a surprise regarding the last envelope. This book is definatley a nice escape.
When I first picked up 13 little blue envelopes at the library, I was really excited to read it. The cover and the description on the back made this book seem exactly like a book that I would want to read, and it definitely was! There wasn't a part in it that i did not enjoy! I loved the way the author portrayed the characters and made them come to life.
this is a great book, i would definently recommend this book to anyone who wants a good book. when i was reading this book, my mom couldn't tar me away from the pages,, with all of the details and words to describe all of the sences,, it helps you picture the book in you mind,, sometimes better than t.v. with lots of love,, girl who reads books
My friend recommended this book to me and I'm so glad that I read it! I
really enjoyed the novel more than I expected I would. It's about a teenage
girl traveling all around Europe, following instructions left to her, in
13 little blue envelopes, by her dead aunt. The book has a good tone and is
well-paced, and it has a lot of interesting characters. Overall, it's a
cute story and must-read.
"13 Little Blue Envelopes" was a very adventurous book. I didn't feel that it was as moving as some other books that I have read, but it was worth a read to someone that likes a action packed creative, adventurous, and different book, you might like this one!
The main character is sent on a surprise trip from her dead aunt. She recieves thirteen little blue envelopes in the mail one day, with one of the instructions being to follow each not one at a time. So here the main character is, a teenager, alone and in a whole new country, just because a package in the mail.
Find out what happens by reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"!
All Ginny has left from her "runaway aunt" is thirteen envelopes, each one containing instructions and sending Ginny traveling all through Europe. As she goes to each destination, she meets new people and learns more about her aunt and herself.
I liked the idea of the book: following instructions from envelopes and finding answers. But this book seemed more to be like a tour of Europe, and when I read other people's reviews from YA Books Central, I saw that showing the sights of Europe is a main part of the author's purpose. The ending of the book was kind of a disappointment, sort of like, what was the whole point of Ginny following her aunt's instructions? But it is still a good book for teens.
13 Little Blue Envelopes details the journey of seventeen-year-old Ginny. When her Aunt Peg dies of a brain tumor, she leaves in Ginnys possession thirteen envelopes, all of which she must open one at a time. Armed with a ticket to London and a list of rules, Ginny starts on an adventure across Europe, one that is reminiscent to the kind of adventures her Aunt Peg had when she was alive: one with no planning whatsoever, with only the promise of a fun-filled future.
Along the way, Ginny discovers new friends, new cities, and a new love. It is a book I truly enjoyed, and definitely not a disappointment after reading Johnsons The Key to the Golden Firebird.
this a great book. Ginny recives a letter from her (dead) grandma instructing her to to go to her grandmas old apartment where she gets a package with 13 little blue envlops. the first one instructs her to go to an airport and get on a plane to Europe. The letters tell her to do strange things like give away alot of money to a actor. Where the envlops will lead her Ginny has no clue.
Summary: Shy, average Ginny has been sent 13 little blue envelopes by her deceased aunt, Peg, to go on an adventure/game through Aunt Peg's carefree life. Aunt Peg has given instructions for Ginny to follow: don't bring guidebooks, you can't call home, you can't bring maps, etc. Ginny has to retrace the steps of her artist aunt's life, one city at a time, traveling all over Europe. Along the way Ginny meets some interesting characters: Aunt Peg's idol Mari, Richard (who Aunt Peg was roommates with), she finds herself living with the robotic family of the Knapps and Australians going as they pleased around Europe as well. She meets a boy, Keith, as well, who is a Londoner whom she falls for. Throughout the trip Ginny has to comply with specific tasks described in the envelopes her aunt wrote. At the end, Ginny has grown as a person and will see herself in a whole different way.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a charming book. Some parts are less great than others and some parts are very predictable and used a lot in books (Ginny being pushed to sing on karaoke even though she's shy, etc). We didn't see much of Keith, which I wanted more of. The Knapps were kinda weird and the Australians were whatever. The Richard part was baffling, kinda. I liked the 13th envelope, although the happy ending was kind of random. I wonder what happens to Ginny in the end (with Keith and all).